New Presentations

Learning Objectives

  • Create and save a new presentation.

When you open PowerPoint, some versions of PowerPoint may take you straight to a new blank presentation. Newer versions such as PowerPoint 2016 will take you to a menu called the backstage view to choose to open a new blank presentation or open a new presentation from a template.

The backstage view of a Microsoft Powerpoint.

Note that the backstage view on a Macintosh computer is a little different.

The backstage view of Microsoft Powerpoint from a Mac user.

To open a blank presentation, double-click the blank presentation option. You can also choose to select a theme for a new presentation, but remember: themes can be changed at any time.

A blank Microsoft Powerpoint is open.

If you already have a file open in PowerPoint, you can create a new presentation by clicking File>New. You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+N (Command+N for Mac).

Once you have a new presentation open, you save it the same way you would a Word or an Excel file. Refer to the Word lesson if you need a refresher.

Practice Question

Practice Question

Check Your Understanding

Answer the question(s) below to see how well you understand the topics covered in the previous section. This short quiz does not count toward your grade in the class, and you can retake it an unlimited number of times.

Use this quiz to check your understanding and decide whether to (1) study the previous section further or (2) move on to the next section.